Constipation

Vincent Rovito, MD, FACP

Gastroenterologist located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

Constipation is a common condition that affects millions of people each year. If you’re among this group, board-certified gastroenterologist Vincent Rovito, MD, FACP, specializes in treating chronic constipation to help alleviate your pain and normalize your bowel movements at his Brooklyn practice in New York City. Dr. Rovito offers several useful treatment options for relieving your constipation and addressing its cause. Stop living with the discomfort and frustration of constipation. Schedule an appointment online or by calling Dr. Rovito’s office directly today.

Constipation Q & A

What is constipation?

Constipation is a condition that makes it difficult for you to defecate. Stool may be too hard to pass naturally, causing irregular bowel movements.

If you have bowel movements less than three times a week, you may need Dr. Rovito’s expertise to treat constipation and prevent further medical issues.

What causes constipation?

When your colon holds waste matter for too long, it absorbs all the water from the material, causing your stool to turn dry and hard. Stool may not be able to move through your digestive tract properly due to conditions like:

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Rectal or colon cancer
  • Nerve damage
  • Muscle dysfunction

You may also suffer from chronic constipation due to other medical conditions such as thyroid disorders or diabetes.

If you’re not getting enough fiber in your diet or lack regular physical activity, you may be at increased risk for becoming constipated.

Certain medications, including narcotics, antidepressants, or blood pressure medications, may also result in constipation.

What health risks does constipation pose?

Untreated constipation can result in other medical issues, such as:

  • Hemorrhoids: swollen veins in your anus that can be irritating and painful
  • Anal fissure: torn tissue in the anus
  • Fecal impaction: an accumulation of harden stools trapped in the intestines
  • Rectal prolapse: a condition where your rectum stretches due to strain and protrudes from the anus

To prevent these issues from developing, schedule a visit to Dr. Rovito’s office for a comprehensive evaluation if you have constipation.

What treatment options are available for constipation?

Initially, Dr. Rovito may recommend lifestyle and dietary changes to alleviate constipation and discomfort. You might need to increase your intake of daily fiber through fresh foods or supplements. You may also need to make a point of using the bathroom after each meal to help keep your bowel movements regular.

If chronic constipation is causing your pain or disrupting your life, Dr. Rovito may recommend laxatives or stool softeners that make it easier to defecate. For fast relief of constipation symptoms, Dr. Rovito may suggest using a suppository or enema to help you pass stool and relieve your discomfort.

Dr. Rovito also evaluates your overall health to determine the cause of your constipation problems and may offer additional treatments to address those issues as needed.

Learn more about the treatment and prevention of constipation by calling Dr. Rovito’s office directly or using the online booking feature today.